Feb 19 2015

Pinterest Finds: DIY Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Health Nut

It seems like everyone is on a health kick these days! It can be tough finding a gift for someone that might not be thrilled with a box of cupcakes.  We have a solution! The person that says “no thanks” to cake and cookies would love a healthy gift with a personal touch! We’ve picked out some DIY gifts that are all about a healthy body and mind – Think fit, relaxed and YUM!

Women’s Fitness Basket

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This Women’s Fitness basket is so cute! Perfect for the friend that’s all about the work-out life or someone trying to stick to a healthy living New Year’s resolution!

Via Pinterest

Protein Basket

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Know a body builder that loves his protein? This is the perfect Macho-Man gift for any guy looking to get in shape or is already well on his way!

Via Woahsammay

Luxurious Body Butter

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This DIY 3-ingredient body butter is an awesome gift for any woman! No chemical products are perfect for healthy living and super soft skin!

Via Hens and Honey

Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola

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This Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola sounds totally delicious! Great healthy gift for any occasion!

Via Simplify, Live, Love

Homemade Low Calorie Chai Spiced Granola

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Love the homemade granola idea but have a friend who isn’t a honey-lover or is trying to keep it low-cal? This Chai Spiced Low Calorie Granola will totally hit the spot!

Via PopSugar

OR….if this person loves all granola at any place and anytime, make both recipes in mason jars and put them in a cute basket with some ribbon.  Now, you have double the yummy-crunch!

Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

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This is an awesome gift for the fitness-junkie in your life! It is totally easy to make and will make this person very grateful after a long day in the weight-room!

 Via Confessions of An Overworked Mom

Lavender Soak

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Mmmm who doesn’t love lavender? This DIY Lavender Soak is the key to a yogi’s happiness – nothing better than relaxation and aromas that will put you right to sleep!

Via Savy Naturalista

For more healthy living gift ideas, check out our Healthy Gifting board on Pinterest!

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Feb 16 2015

The Gift Insider Weds: Some of Our Favorite Engagement Gifts

We totally acknowledge how hard it must be to shop for a gift-giving expert, that’s why we were so touched by all the sweet and thoughtful engagement gifts we got this year.  Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorites.

A Mini Painted Canvas and an Initial Ring Dish  

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Feyonce Tank 

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Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags, Wedding Planning Books and a Framed Photo of our Engagement Picture

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A DIY Box of Bottles for Every”First” 

DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Year Established Schey Family Plaque

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Mr and Mrs Schey Stemless Wine Glasses

Engagement Gift Plaque

Days Until We Become Mr and Mrs Schey Door Hanger

Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

L+J Wooden Cheese Board

Personalized Engagement Gift Idea

LoveBirds Handmade by Grandma Gift Insider <3

Handmade Engagement Gift Idea

Yes, Dear Pillow + Kate Spade Mr and Mrs Frame

Engagement Gift Pillow Picture Frame

Kate Spade Polka Dot Vase

Mr and Mrs Frame Engagement Gift

These are just a few of our favorites.  Browse our engagement gift section for other ideas and deals on engagement gifts.

What were some of your favorite gifts you’ve given or received for engagement gifts?

 

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Feb 11 2015

Try These Reusable Oil Candles for Valentine’s Day Romance

We’re big fans of giving candles as gifts, it’s a luxe treat everyone loves to have around the house, but people don’t always buy for themselves.  The only thing we aren’t fans of is when those fancy, beautiful and fabulously scented candles run out.  Enter, a great alternative, Firefly reusable oil candles.

We played around in the office for Valentine’s Day and love the chic look, especially with some Valentine’s Day flare.

Tips for Valentine’s Day:

-  Surprise your sweetie with a room full of tea lights in the shape of a heart

-  Fill their Hurricane Votive with conversation hearts, rose petals or their V-day treat of choice

Insider Deal: 20% Off Coupon Code on the site for the next few days

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Feb 9 2015

DIY Ideas to Try: Make a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, need a sweetie DIY Gift Idea to give your sweetie? Try a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2.

What you need:

- Basket

- Cozy Blanket

- Chocolate Shop Wine (30% Off on TGI)

- Romantic Comedy

- Cuddly stuffed animal

- Godiva Chocolate

- Popcorn or movie night snacks

- A romantic playlist, video, or something sentimental

- Red bow

- Gift Tag

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Feb 8 2015

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Detroit Lovers

It’s almost the day that is dedicated solely to you and your main squeeze.  Luckily, February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so you have a whole weekend to fill with romance.  To help all of you Detroiters who are a little lost in the world of romantic gifting, we partnered up with our friends at Daily Detroit to round up some detroit-centric Valentine’s Day ideas. We have ideas for romantic Detroit date nights, local events to attend and some out-of-the box Detroit made products that we are sure will make your sweeties swoon.

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1. Sign you and your Valentine up for the hilarious, memorable and charitable Cupid Undie Run on February 14th.  What’s more romantic than running half naked through the streets of Detroit?

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2. Not interested in toughing it out for the Undie Run?  Pick out some lingerie at Detroit’s new Busted Bra Shop.

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3. Give a more meaningful piece of jewelry this year and give a one-of-kind piece by Rebel Nell, all made from repurposed Detroit graffiti and crafted by local Detroit women.

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4. Plan a Detroit game night crawl.  Head to Fowling Warehouse (think bowling mixed with football, mixed with horseshoe) then end the night at Punch Bowl Social for some Ping Pong, old-school arcades and maybe even a little karaoke.

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5. Tap into your artsy side and enroll you and your partner in a pottery class at Pewabic.  Try one of their BYOB Friday Night Out classes (there’s still openings for February 13th!).

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6. Don’t just surprise them with a new Shinola watch, surprise them with a trip to the Midtown Shinola Store and let them pick one out for themselves.

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7. Take them to the Detroit Zoo Gone Wild, it includes a strolling dinner, drinks and a revealing look into the mating rituals of your favorite zoo animals.

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8. Head to the VLNTNSDYMRKT to pick up some Pot & Box flowers, Petes Chocolates or cards from The Detroit Card Co.

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9.  There’s nothing more romantic than old school Detroit and some live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s. Enjoy the art-deco atmosphere with some smooth music, a bite to eat, and a cocktail.

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10. Valentine Vodka is an apt name for a vodka for this season! It’s high quality, too, and has a unique and tasty peppery finish. You can either grab a bottle as a gift, or maybe plan a night out at their fabulous tasting room in downtown Ferndale.

Don’t forget to check out Daily Detroit for some great pieces on what’s going on downtown!

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Feb 4 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We have some thoughtful and sweet ideas for your Valentines this year.

1. Make Your Own Romantic Tees from SunFrog Shirts

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This little t-shirt site started out as a couple college kids designing shirts for tourist companies & now there are over 36 million designs on SunFrogShirts.com. The beauty is that anyone can upload a tee shirt design & if your design sells, you make a commission. Here’s one of their big Valentine favorites & a sure way to score some major brownie points. “I love my wife” t-shirt, $24.99 or Hoodie, $39.99
15% off Coupon Code on TGI

2. Monthly Artisan Food Club by Mantry 

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Perfect for the man in your life.  Mantry is a food of the month club that helps you discover american artisan made food and what to do with it.  All american made, comes in a cool american made crate and the perfect gift for your foodie Valentine.
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3. Firefly Eco-Friendly Oil Candles 

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These Eco-Friendly Oil Candles last much longer than wax candles & are a green alternative to wax. For a romantic Valentine’s Day idea fill their Hurricane Votive with rose petals or arrange a grouping of tea lights for a romantic surprise.  Available in Tea light, votive, pillars & custom designs.
20% off Coupon Code on TGI 

4. Godiva Chocolate Cigars For Him, Keepsake Heart Box For Her
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If you’re going to give chocolate, give Godiva.  Try these unique chocolate covered cigars For Him or their new limited edition heart-shaped chocolate keepsake box For Her.  The boxes are beautiful to use as save boxes after you finish off all that chocolate.
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5. Monogramed Rose Colored Handbags by Gigi New York

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Gigi New York is one of our favorite leather companies as all of their pieces can be personalized.  It makes the substance and practicality of giving a nice leather bag much more meaningful. We’re loving their new spring Rose Color for Valentine’s Day.  Try their everyday clutch or tote.
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6. A DIY Cuddle Kit w/ Chocolate Shop Wine 

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A DIY Cuddle Kit is a sweet way to give an “experience” but also a physical gift.  Purchase a nice basket, a cozy blanket, wine (we love Chocolate Shop Wine for Valentine’s Day), a DVD, romantic playlist or a few games and you have a sweet gift and romantic date night coupled into one.
30% Off Coupon Code for Chocolate Shop Wine on TGI

Watch our picks live on TV20 Detroit!

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Feb 3 2015

Jourdan’s Picks: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him & Her

Who’s your 2015 Valentine? With the most romantic day of the year around the corner, it’s just about time to start thinking about how to show your love.  We want to help out!  Here is a list of awesome gifts that will make this Valentine’s Day especially memorable.  These gifts are playful, creative and will be a total hit! Be sure to check out our “For Valentine’s Day” board on Pinterest for more ideas.

For Him:

DIY bouquet gift – “you comfort me”

Get creative and make a gift bouquet that tells your man what you love about him.  We think this is fun and easy and will show your love!

Via Woohome

Stud Muffin Box

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If you love to bake, and your guy loves to eat, the “stud muffin box” is the end of your gift search! It’s easy, fun, and maybe he’ll even share!

Via Cricut

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

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This gadget is the key to your man’s happiness on Valentine’s Day morning, and who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? The Breakfast Sandwich Maker puts all of the ingredients together and you’re ready to go…breakfast is served!

Via Amazon   

For Her:     

Personalized Wine Bottle

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This personalized wine bottle will be perfect for your romantic date night! What’s better than wine AND having it made just for you?!

Via Personal Wine

DIY sharpie mugs

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Start off her morning right with coffee in bed! We think these DIY sharpie mugs are super cute and love the funny phrases on them!

Via Living Your Creative

Initial Bar Necklace

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The initial bar necklace is so in right now, it’s a total fashion staple. She’ll love the look and will love that it’s personalized with her name or initials even more!

Via Amazon

Tells us! What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given?

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Jan 21 2015

Welcome Our New Intern Jourdan!

We’re excited to introduce Jourdan Buchler, our 2015 intern.  Jourdan is a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison a fellow AXO sister and health fanatic.  Stay tuned for some great blog posts and social media contributions from Jourdan.

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First up, we asked Jourdan, “What’s Your Favorite Gift You Ever Received?” 

Jourdan’s Answer: 

My favorite gift I have ever received was given to me by my best friend for my high school graduation. She gave me gold Kate Spade ‘sailors knot’ hoop earrings, which I wear almost everyday. While they are beautiful, they were also my favorite gift because of their meaning. She had graduated the year before, and I had given her the gold Kate Spade ‘sailors knot’ ring. I really loved the connection between the two gifts, because the matching set resembled the two of us, which made this gift particularly special.

Welcome to the team Jourdan, we’re so excited to have you!

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Dec 24 2014

Insider Tips: Give A Subscription Gift As A Last Minute Gifts

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We’re big fans of subscription gifts in general, but they are also the perfect solution to the last-minute dilemma of what to give someone when you are totally stuck. Order oline, print of a certificate, roll up and tie with a bow.  Perfect, easy and doesn’t even look like you forgot about them until Christmas Eve.

FOR THE GUYS:

1. Trunk Club

Trunk club is a men’s clothing service, based in Chicago that sends a trunk of high-end clothes right to their member’s doors.  They have personal stylists who handpick the clothing and free shipping that lets you easily send back anything you don’t love. This is a great gift for busy and successful businessmen who want to look sharp but don’t have the time to spend their days shopping.

2. ManPacks

ManPacks is a monthly subscription service that delivers monthly necessities to you each month.  They will send men’s underwear, socks, razors, or even condoms. Perfect for the guys who hate having to head to Target or new graduates who still need a little help getting into their handle on monthly routines.

3. BeSpoke Post

BeSpoke Post is totally man-focused but varies widely on category each month.  Boxes range from coffee presses to travel accessories, but all focus on helping guys class up their lives.  Starts at $45/month. https://www.bespokepost.com/

FOR THE LADIES: 

1. CakeStyle

CakeStyle takes a women’s fit and wardrobe information and matches them with their own CakeStylist.  Their Cakestylist picks of clothes they think they’d like, sends them  options with a video on each piece and you can easily send back anything you don’t like.

2. POPSUGAR MustHave

The editors at the oh-so-popular, POPSUGAR website recently launched their “MustHave” monthly subscription service filled with celebrity favorite products, POPSUGAR Editors favorite products and items they hope you will discover and love. It’s a range of Fashion, Beauty, Fitness and Home Decor items, like their site.  Starts at $35/month.

3. Birchbox

Birchbox started it all and they do it well.  They send monthly beauty samples to your door for ladies to try out the latest products.  If you love something they make it simple for you to order more right on their site.  It’s an impressive company founded by a few young lady entrepreneurs, who really disrupted an industry. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty junky.

FOR THE KIDS: 

1. KiwiCrate

KiwiCrates is a fun and easy way to spark creativity in kids.  They offer monthly hands-on activities delivered to your door with all the necessary materials included.  Perfect for children at 3-7. A past popular crate was their Fossil Fun crate where you can create your own fossils using special clay, sticks and dinosaurs.

2. Whittlebee

is a kids clothing club. They help stock you with basics like tees, onesies, socks and you can customize by geographic location, color preferences, etc.  Perfect way to avoid the mall. They also have an online community where you can make friends and swap clothes. $39.99/month and you can pause or cancel at anytime.

3. Citrus Lane (New Moms)

Cirtus Lane is a monthly subscription box for new moms that tailor each box to different stages and ages of their children.  This way Moms  can continue to get relevant and highly recommended products depending on the age of their child.  They refer to their service as “monthly care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journey. They offer free shipping and all their products are highly recommended by their advisory team.

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Dec 18 2014

Congratulations to Jen B. our #WINITALL Giveaway Winner

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Huge thanks to everyone who entered our holiday #WINITALL giveaway.   Congratulations to our winner, Jen B!

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